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The Adventurers (1970)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 March 1970 (USA)
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The wealthy playboy son of an assassinated South American diplomat discovers that his father was really murdered on orders of the corrupt president of the country--a man who was his ... See full summary »

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Marcel Campion
Alan Badel ...
President Rojo
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Sue Ann Daley
Thommy Berggren ...
Sergei Nikovitch
Delia Boccardo ...
Caroline de Coyne
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Fat Cat
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Baron de Coyne
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Deborah Hadley (as Olivia De Havilland)
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Dax Xenos
Anna Moffo ...
Dania Leonardi
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Jaime Xenos
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Amparo Rojo
Yolande Donlan ...
Mrs. Erickson
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Mr.James Hadley
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
El Condor (as Jorge Martinez De Hoyos)
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The wealthy playboy son of an assassinated South American diplomat discovers that his father was really murdered on orders of the corrupt president of the country--a man who was his father's friend and who, in fact, his father had helped put into power. He returns from living a jet-set life in Europe to lead a revolution against the government, only to find out that things aren't quite as black and white as he had assumed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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What does it take to be a man among men? Dax has it in THE ADVENTURERS. See more »


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In later years, director Lewis Gilbert admitted that the film was terrible and that he never should have made it. He had been in the running to direct Oliver! (1968) and took this assignment when he failed to land the Oscar-winning musical. See more »

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President Rojo: A bandit by himself is nothing but a bandit. A bandit and a lawyer... that's a revolution.
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Not great, but not as bad as its reputation
23 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I had read Harold Robbins' book "The Adventurers" on a cross-country flight when it first came out, and found it to be a bit more enjoyable than his usual trash--somewhat better written, a more interesting story than usual, different types of characters. So when the movie was released, I figured, "Ah, what the hell, I'll check it out." I must say that I enjoyed this film in spite of itself. The dialog is laughably inane, the acting by pretty much the entire cast is abysmal (star Bekim Fehmiu, a Yugoslav heartthrob, only made a few more films before he deservedly disappeared), if you expected Candace Bergen to do her usual embarrassingly inept job you won't be disappointed, Ernest Borgnine hams outrageously, and there are a host of cameos--none of them particularly noteworthy--by everyone from Olivia De Havilland to John Ireland, most of whom probably took the parts in order to get a free trip to Europe. The film does, however, have a few things going for it. One is the luminous Leigh Taylor-Young. She is absolutely exquisite; her part, though essential, doesn't call for a lot of screen time, but every time she does appear on-screen she lights it up. Also, the battle sequences are exciting, well staged and very convincing; they pick up the film's pace tremendously (the action scenes were shot in Colombia and the extras were Colombian soldiers, who knew a thing or two about what happens in battle). A lot of money was spent making this picture and, unlike many big-budget European co-productions made at the time, it shows on the screen. The photography is outstanding, the European scenery is beautiful, the jungle scenes in "Corteguay" (which were also shot in Colombia) are stunning and the costumes and production values are sumptuous. Besides, it IS an interesting story (the son of a man murdered by a corrupt and oppressive government returns to overthrow that government, only to find that the new government he's helped to install is just as corrupt and oppressive).

All things considered, it's not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. The picture got savaged by reviewers when it first came out, but it's really not all that bad. It's somewhat overblown and overheated, but enjoyable nonetheless. Check it out.


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